Ray Offenheiser

Director, Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development; Distinguished Professor of the Practice

100 Hesburgh Center for International Studies
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 46556


Ray Offenheiser

Ray Offenheiser will join the Keough School in August 2017 as the inaugural director of the Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development and Distinguished Professor of the Practice. He will teach graduate and undergraduate students and serve on the Keough School’s Leadership Council.

A widely known nonprofit leader and innovator with a broad range of international development experience in Asia, Africa and Latin America, Offenheiser has served as CEO and president of Oxfam America for the past 20 years. Under his leadership, Oxfam America has grown eightfold and positioned itself as an influential voice on international development, human rights and governance, humanitarianism and foreign assistance.

Prior to joining Oxfam, Offenheiser represented the Ford Foundation in Bangladesh and the Andean and Southern Cone regions of South America. He has directed programs for the Inter-American Foundation in Brazil and Colombia, and he has worked for Save the Children Federation in Mexico.

Offenheiser served on the Leadership Council of the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition in Africa. He also has served as honorary president of Wetlands International, and he was a co-founder of the ONE Campaign, the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network and the Food Policy Action Network. He has served on the advisory boards of the World Economic Forum, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Aspen Institute, the World Agricultural Forum, the Gates Foundation, Harvard Business School, the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and Cornell University.

A 1971 graduate of Notre Dame, Offenheiser also holds a master’s degree in development sociology from Cornell University. He is a longstanding member of the Advisory Board of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies. Offenheiser has been a frequent commentator with U.S. and international media.